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The Minis

You know that question: What you would bring along if you were trapped on a desert island? Well, it’s been a little revised for spring and it might be more appropriate to ask your friends: If you can only fit three items in your mini bag, what will they be?

These tiny, miniature sized bags were a plenty on the runways (the first spotting happened for spring 2012 at Rochas), some of the styles being just straight up small, and others being shrunken versions of classic styles we’ve come to love (like the one in the photo from Loeffler Randall, a mini Rider bag).

Think of it kind of like a forced handbag cleanse. These mini bags force you to really examine what you really need to keep with you all the time. For me? My iPhone, a metro card, a credit card and the keys to my apartment (if you’ll allow me one more item, a lipstick).

Of course, if you can’t narrow your life down to just three belongings, you can always carry all of your mini bags together, like Meredith is doing here :)

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  • Zachary April, 9 2014, 9:14 / Reply

    You so chose four items! (see, it just can’t be done)

  • andreea April, 9 2014, 9:14

    i’m looking for my own mini bag! :)

    http://littleaesthete.com

  • Le monde des petites April, 9 2014, 9:14

    J’aime beaucoup les mini sacs moi aussi! Je trouve ça cool, ça oblige à emmener le minimum sur soi!!!
    Je mettrai dans mon mini-sac, mon Smartphone, mon lipglow de Dior, mon fond de teint poudre Clinique et des mouchoirs!
    Bisous

    Le monde des petites
    http://www.lemondedespetites.com/

  • Cecilia April, 9 2014, 9:16 / Reply

    This is what I wrote a few days ago on this subject!!
    Cecilia

    http://www.modeskine.com/en/fashion/a-small-shoulder-bag/

  • Mafalda April, 9 2014, 9:32 / Reply

    J’aime beaucoup cette photo, son flou, la jeune fille, les sacs…
    Quant aux sacs, j’aime le mini, mais pas le micro!
    Mafalda
    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • Alix April, 9 2014, 9:33 / Reply

    Ben moi c’est sur, mon iphone bourre d’appli et de musique juste indispensables!!, mon lipstick SPF60 pour mes pauvres lèvres… car bien sur on parle d’un ile idyllique au soleil! Une photo de mes 3 loustics et de leur papa, qui sont tellement bien sans moi a la maison… et moi aussi! un joli swimsuit et une tonne de bouquins!
    Voila je peux tenir jusqu’en 2076 si je veux….
    Merci pour ce post bonheur des le matin
    xoxo
    Alix
    http://www.blushandbeyond.net

  • veronica April, 9 2014, 9:36 / Reply

    I love the mini bags, I have many and I like to wear them often!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Valentine April, 9 2014, 9:41 / Reply

    Haha This picture is great! Even if I wouldn’t wear all my bags at the same time ;-)
    When I travel I often have one mini with the essential and another larger bag for my magazines, camera, laptop etc…

    *** The diary of a fashion designer ***
    http://blog.valentineavoh.com

  • Gaëlle missGworld April, 9 2014, 9:49 / Reply

    J’aime beaucoup le Mini Mac de Rebecca Minkoff, un basique. J’arrive aussi à faire passer ce qu’il faut dans un mini sac, portable, cartes indispensables, stick à lèvres, clés et mouchoirs. Si ça peut passer, je prends mon couteau suisse, ça peut paraitre étrange, mais je le prend toujours avec moi et il m’a servit plus d’une fois ;)
    Bise.
    Gaëlle
    http://missgworld.com/

  • Patty April, 9 2014, 10:04 / Reply

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • Rachelle April, 9 2014, 10:11 / Reply

    Love these mini bag, that pink fendi is everything.

    xo
    PinkSole

  • Kristi April, 9 2014, 10:14 / Reply

    So hard to carry only one tiny bag but my essentials would be a lipstick, card case with driver’s license and credit cards in it and keys – I’m in LA so I’d keep the other essentials (change of shoes, snack, sweater, water, iPad) in a tote bag in the car! Cute bags!
    xx,
    Kristi

    http://www.currentlycrushing.com

  • 40 and so what April, 9 2014, 10:17 / Reply

    Impossible, je déménage tout avec moi : appareil photo, agenda (non je n’aime pas l’agenda de mon Iphone, j’aime le papier !, une trousse de maquillage, quelques médocs, téléphone, bloc note, des clés, des cartes, du courrier, des papiers, une brosse à cheveux, naaaaaan c’est pas fini. Et je m’aperçois que c’est affolant tout ce que j’ai avec moi.

  • Sophia Molen April, 9 2014, 10:31 / Reply

    Im always quite suprised by how many more things Im able to put in such a tiny bag. For me there is always enough space.

    TAO OF SOPHIA

  • Natalia | Fashioned by Love April, 9 2014, 10:48 / Reply

    I definitely need one in my life. I am such a minimalist when it comes to stuffing my bag, one of these babies would work really well. :)

  • Nico April, 9 2014, 10:56 / Reply

    Carry them all together..:D great idea!

    April’s BEAUTY lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

  • Sugarxnspice April, 9 2014, 11:50 / Reply

    Lipstick, credit card & iPhone!

  • Liz April, 9 2014, 12:13 / Reply

    I love the minis! they hold just what you need and they’re sooo chic!!

    giveaway on my blog!

    http://hashtagliz.com

  • kris April, 9 2014, 1:08 / Reply

    red lipstick…iphone….credit card…..XOXOXO

  • Carola April, 9 2014, 1:38 / Reply

    ahahah funny and cool photo! love mini bag!

    Pursesinthekitchen.com!

  • L'épingle April, 9 2014, 1:47 / Reply

    Mon laguiole, mon baume “Carmex” pour les lèvres et un sachet de thé (oui, parce que j’ai une bouilloire électrique et une théière dans mes poches).

  • Carol April, 9 2014, 1:47

    You hit on the secret to mini-bag success – pockets! Fitting my minimal basics in the pockets of my jacket (lipstick, transit and bank cards, phone) leaves the bag free for keys, a notepad and a pen. Luxury!

  • Margot April, 9 2014, 2:21 / Reply

    Credit card, ID, phone, keys. Easy. I’ve been carrying mini bags since forever.

  • lena April, 9 2014, 2:23 / Reply

    trois trucs dans un minisac?
    darling garance un minisac se porte en bandouliere avec nothing dedans -the rest (en meme temps)in a (super)big tote .ils von’t super great ensemble

  • CoolAllure April, 9 2014, 2:32 / Reply

    3 items you say? Well ..it would be a solar cream, a mini book of some kind and some matches hahah!

    http://www.coolallure.com/

  • jane with the noisy terrier April, 9 2014, 3:10 / Reply

    I bought a great turquoise mini-bag at the Coach outlet and found it surprisingingly roomy. Phone, wallet, keys, lipstick, even sunglasses if I angled them just right. While I’ll always love paper and pens and cameras and makeup bags, when I’m just running errands (or following the noisy terrier around the ‘hood) I find smaller bags do the job just fine.

  • erika April, 9 2014, 3:53 / Reply

    I have started carrying small purses, inside my larger tote. I need the tote because of course i cannot live without my IPad – IPhone is too small to read on – makeup bag and toiletries bag – two separate ones. Each of those is the size of a mini purse and of course i don’t use everything in them every day but they are like security blankets – What if there’s an emergency ??
    The mini bag is helpful for lunch breaks but mostly they are going out at night bags. I just started using the cutest vintage Christian Dior bag. It’s shaped like a crescent and super adorable. Also resurrected a mini Fendi bag. Enjoying being less encumbered.

  • Sophia April, 9 2014, 3:54 / Reply

    I can only edit down for a few hours – and then I realize I need my massive planner, a full-litre water bottle, my camera, etc. etc.

    But it would be nice to fancy oneself a lady of the minimalist persuasion – lipstick, powder compact, phone, blotting sheets and after-coffee mints – one of these days ;)

    http://lepetitmatin.wordpress.com/

  • george April, 9 2014, 3:58 / Reply

    Je prendrai mes lunettes spektre, mon bracelet kim&zozi et… des chaussettes rouges et jaunes à petits pois de chez sock therapy!

    Pour toutes les fashionistas! Viens visiter mon e-shop: Kim&Zozi, Spektre, Sock Therapy, By Nord, Art, Déco, Mode, Champagne!!!!!
    http://www.goodmorninggeorge.com

  • Erin April, 9 2014, 4:21 / Reply

    My three items would be: iphone, license, and lip gloss. With that I’m good to go.

  • Katie April, 9 2014, 8:50 / Reply

    I would have to carry at least as many mini bags as she has in the photo. I’m actually looking for a maxi-er bag than the one I already have because I’ve had to except that minimizing is hopeless for me! I’m convinced I need all of the things in my giant wallet + a book for the subway + in this time of transition I need an umbrella AND sunglasses (with case) AND a scarf and sometimes I like to stash my extra sweater inside when it’s warmer in the afternoons! I’m afraid it’s just not going to work out between me and the mini. Maybe in the summer when I can ditch all of the transition season stuff. I’ll just have to carry my book separately…

  • Àlex Burch April, 10 2014, 4:28 / Reply

    The mini-bags are awesome, I love them!

    - MR ÀLEX BURCH blog -

  • Tara April, 10 2014, 5:59 / Reply

    My mini bags usually consist of: iPhone and its charger, small facial tissue, wallet, small umbrella, mint, blotting paper, eye drops for lens contact, building access card, sometimes if I don’t have to bring umbrella, I’ll bring camera inside my small bag too. Yeah, it’s small …….but bulky :(

  • Andrea April, 10 2014, 9:09 / Reply

    I used to wear an adorable mini by banana republic small, brown suede. I had my keys, my card sized wallet and a boar bristle mustache brush I used on my hair. Then the iPad was invented. I can’t go smaller than an iPad sized purse. And my eyes are to old for the iPad mini!

  • Charlotte April, 10 2014, 2:17 / Reply

    I love the idea of not only wear one mini bag!

    http://chaloth.se

  • Ka April, 10 2014, 3:56 / Reply

    J’adore l’humour de cette photo. Je n’ai pas de mini sac… mais tout va bien!

  • K April, 10 2014, 10:12 / Reply

    I never got into the large bag trend, you just have to possess this special finesse when carrying one and I’m just a simple cross-body girl.

  • Vish April, 11 2014, 5:52 / Reply

    Having dragged my big bag these past couple of months, I came to realize that the more space we have in the bag, the more we’ll use it.
    So, big up for the minis. I am into the idea of buying LV Eva clutch. Any thought on that?

  • Milka April, 11 2014, 12:14 / Reply

    Keys, credit card & mini perfume. I’m ready to go.

  • c2G2 April, 12 2014, 4:45 / Reply

    clés, beaume à lèvres, permis de conduire, carte de cantine et préservatif ! ça tient à l’aise dans mon Baguette…

  • Newborn Fanatic April, 12 2014, 3:06 / Reply

    I love small handbags! So easy and really goes with everything.
    P.S. Her outfit and hairstyle is beautiful!!

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com

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